Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Air Pirate.

The "air pirate"--the pilot-bandit who uses his plane to rob other planes or, occasionally, ground targets--was for the most part solely a product of the imagination of pulp and radio writers. (There was the robbery of the cathedral in Barcelona, which I'll get around to describing one day, but that was a unique event).

More often, the "air pirate" of the 1920s and 1930s was something like this, which while not as exciting as the air pirate of the pulps is, from a certain perspective, plenty full of potential for writers and gamers:

(This was from the Tyrone Daily News of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, 7 December, 1926).

1 comment:

Chris Nakashima-Brown said... you think we could rediscover how these air pirates did their work, and invade Rush Limbaugh some afternoon?